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Leaside Residents Association
January 2022 newsletter

Bayview and Broadway in 2030? Image courtesy of neighbours in the Bayview Broadway Good Planning group.
Bayview and Broadway in 2030? Image courtesy of neighbours in the Bayview Broadway Good Planning group.

High-rise on Bayview

In our November 2021 newsletter, we reported on the proposed 25-storey tower on the southeast corner of Bayview and Broadway.

The LRA and local neighbours are mobilizing to fight this development.

Proposal:

On November 4, 2021, Goldberg Group submitted re-zoning and plan of subdivision applications to the City to permit a 25 storey mixed use building containing 288 residential units, and 256 sq. metres of retail gross floor area on the ground floor on an assembled parcel just south of the southeast corner of Bayview and Broadway.

Initial Concerns:

  • The proposal is on the edge of the Bayview Focus Area and as such should have a building height and density reflecting its location well away from the LRT station.
  • Lands to the east and north are designated “Neighbourhoods” and minimal transitioning is proposed.
  • Proposal is on high ground between Walmsley Brook (Talbot Park) and Burke Brook (north of Kilgour Road) and as a result would have a greater than expected visual impact on the neighbourhood.
  • Proposed height and density are out of keeping with recent approvals and submissions along Bayview and on the Sunnybrook Plaza site.
  • Building’s height may present a safety issue with helicopter flight paths related to Sunnybrook Hospital.
  • No set back proposed along Bayview.
  • No affordable units.
  • While heights of 20-35 storeys were introduced by the province for the Bayview Focus Area in its approval of Official Plan Amendment 405, the text of this amendment clearly indicates that the Focus Area is to be largely mid-rise development, with tall buildings to be considered near the Bayview LRT station.

Action:
 
As this proposal would have a major impact on neighbouring lands, and as it is currently being processed by the City, you should get involved now if you have concerns. What can you do?


The LRA intends to fight vigorously against this development and in favour of sensible development that respects local communities. As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions or comments about this development application.

Rendering of garden suites (City of Toronto).
Rendering of garden suites (City of Toronto).

Garden Suites

Thanks to everyone who submitted comments to the City about garden suites.

On February 2, City Council will vote on proposed changes to the Zoning By-law that would permit garden suites to be built as of right. In the week before the vote, one of our fellow residents' associations (Long Branch Neighbourhood Association) is convening an online discussion to learn about the experiences of another municipality -- Barrie -- regarding garden suites.

The online discussion takes place on Tuesday, January 25, at 7pm. You can register for the online discussion at this website.

Membership matters


2022 annual memberships

Please support the LRA by purchasing a membership for 2022. We are a nonprofit organization, and the board of directors is composed of volunteers. An individual membership costs $30 (+$1 for online payments). You can pay by e-transfer, credit card, Paypal, or cheque.
 

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